Always a lavish event, the Food & Wine Awards took place last night in particularly spectacular fashion, as the annual event celebrated 19 years of championing the best in Irish food, drink, and hospitality. 

Held in the refurbished Great Room of the Shelbourne Hotel, the event brought together the most innovative, sustainable and exciting food and drink producers in the country. 

OX in Belfast was named the Best Restaurant in Ireland, giving the Michelin-starred landmark another accolade for its imaginative take on seasonal produce.

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A six-course lunch menu costs a comparatively reasonable £60, and includes such delicacies as cured sea trout with buttermilk, artichoke tartlet and strawberry, mascarpone parfait with hibiscus - but expect those seats to book up well in advance. 

The Greenhouse on Dublin's Dawson St was named the Best Restaurant in Dublin, the understated Michelin-starred commended for its exciting take on modern dining. A four-course dining menu here costs €110 and includes foie gras with smoked eel, 80-day dry-aged beef and desserts flavoured with seaweed. 

The restaurant also scooped the gong for Best Chef, as Head Chef Mickael Viljanen was awarded for his "unique and innovative food". 

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Meanwhile, OX was named the Best Restaurant in Ulster, Ichigo Ichie in Cork was named Best Restaurant in Munster, Aniar in Galway was named Best Restaurant in Connaught and Aimsir in Kildare walked away with the award for Best Restaurant in Leinster. 

The award for Café of the Year went to the Luncheonette at NCAD, the pioneering college canteen opened by former student Jennie Moran which serves seasonal, dynamic and delicious food at low prices for students and visitors. 

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As for drinks, the award for Best Restaurant Bartender of the Year went to Alan McGillivary of The Market Bar in Dublin. 

A number of industry personalities were also celebrated, including Gaz Smith of Michael's and Little Mike's, who was named Champion of the Year for his work on the Seafood September initiative, as well as netting the award for Farm & Sea to Plate for Michael's, Dublin.

Read the full list of winners below:

  • Hotel Restaurant of the Year - The Oak Room, Adare Manor, Limerick
  • Best Casual Dining - Assassination Custard, Dublin 8
  • Farm & Sea to Plate - Michael's, Dublin
  • Best for Wine Lovers - The Black Pig, Kinsale, Cork
  • Classic of the Year - Ballymore Inn, Kildare
  • Pub Food of the Year - The Oarsman, Leitrim
  • Café of the Year - Luncheonette, NCAD, Dublin 8
  • Start-Up of the Year - Uno Mas, Dublin 2
  • Readers' Choice Awards - No. Three Old Bar & Restaurant, Collon, Louth
  • Rising Star of the Year - Roisin Gillen, Liath, Blackrock, Dublin
  • Host of the Year - Stéphane Robin, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin 2
  • Pastry Chef of the Year - Darren Hogarty, Chapter One, Dublin 1
  • Sommelier of the Year - Cathryn Steunenberg, Aimsir
  • Restaurant Bartender of the Year - Alan McGillivary, The Market Bar, Dublin 2
  • International Chef of the Year - Anna Haugh, Myrtle Restaurant, London, England
  • Outstanding Champion - Gaz Smith
  • Best Restaurant Ulster - OX, Belfast
  • Best Restaurant Munster - Ichigo Ichie, Cork
  • Best Restaurant Connacht - Aniar, Galway
  • Best Restaurant Leinster - Aimsir, Kildare
  • Best Restaurant Dublin - The Greenhouse
  • Best Chef Connacht - Enda McEvoy, Loam
  • Best Chef Munster - Takashi Miyasaki, Ichigo Ichie
  • Best Chef Leinster - Jordan Bailey, Aimsir
  • Best Chef Ulster - Stephen Toman, OX
  • Best Chef Dublin - Mickael Viljanen, The Greenhouse
  • Best Under 30 - Grainne O'Keefe, Clanbrassil House, Dublin 2
  • Best Producer - Mike Thomson, Young Buck Cheese, Down
  • Best Workplace - Caisleain Óir, Annagry, Donegal